Monday, 4 July 2011

Proverbs 24

As I am nearing the end of this journey through Proverbs, it gets harder and harder to select those verses which stand out the most.  And I know, the next time I look through Proverbs, so many other things in it will stand out for me depending on where I am in my walk.  God will show me what He wants me to see at that time.  But for now, these verses stand out:

Vs 13 - 14(a):  My son, eat honey because it is good, and the honeycomb which is sweet to your taste;  So shall the knowledge of wisdom be to your soul...
These verses are really heart-warming as they show knowledge, God's wisdom - is as good as honey and as sweet as honeycomb is to the body - it is to the soul.  A very good reason to seek it out.  Consider honey and all its natural remedy properties.  God's word is our 'spiritual' remedy for our soul!

Vs 17 - 18:  Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;  Lest the Lord see it, and it displease Him, and He turn away His wrath from him.
This is quite a hard one for me at the moment.  In our situation, I truly believe that vindication is coming to us soon.  The person who has caused much pain and devastation in the family, for us financially and in our business, and has put us through 4 years of hell - his day is coming soon.

NOT what God is looking for!
Having said that, God told us vengeance is His and we have tried our best to leave it in His hands.  Because of the scriptures coming my way lately, I believe things are going to start crashing in around him.  This scripture was in my quiet time this week as well as going through this chapter for this post.  I think God wants me to prepare my heart not to do the highland fling or the dance of joy (remember Balky Baltokomus?) when this happens.  Because, if I do - this verse tells me - it will be a greater sin in the eyes of the Lord and He will divert His wrath away from him - to me!  No thank you!!!!

So, I have been praying, "Lord, use what is coming his way for his salvation.  Let it bring him to his knees in order to accept you as Lord and Saviour."  This has been hard for me - but his salvation is more important than anything he may have put us through!  Another point is that in leaving vengeance to the Lord, should this man repent and give his heart to the Lord, God extends grace and mercy and will walk with him on his path to restoration.  That too, is more important.



Vs 32:  When I saw it, I considered it well; I looked on it and received instruction.
This verse is in the middle of an explanation by the author of seeing the property of a lazy person.  He saw it, considered it, learnt from it, and received instruction.  His conclusion was, that laziness leads to poverty.

The point I am trying to make is:
  • He observed,
  • He absorbed,
  • He considered, and
  • He learnt from it!
The lesson for me is you don't have to learn everything the hard way by experiencing it yourself - You should learn from all you see - so that you don't have to repeat the mistakes or experiences that others you have seen, make.  I believe that no verse is in the bible by mistake.

My encouragement to you - lets learn from one another's experiences, and those of the people spoken about in the word (none of their stories are there for entertainment purposes) - and not make the same mistakes where possible.

God bless
Tracy

15 comments:

  1. Very good truths here. Verses 17-18really got me. There is a situation involving some people that I know my heart is not in the right place. If they were to struggle, I'm not sure I would respond the right way. This showed me that I haven't prayed specifically for them. Thanks for the reminder.

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  2. Ouch. I must say that I have learnt the lesson to leave vengeance to the Lord...but not to take delight when they eventually get what's coming to them, that I never knew was in there.

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  3. I wrote a 365 last night on not being happy when your enemy stumbles. Yeah, that hit me a bit hard too lol.

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  4. Tracy, I especially like your last point. We should be learning, not just reading, from the Bible. And we should keep our eyes open at all times, so we can be learning from what is going on around us.

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  5. Hi Ima, I think what you say is the answer - to pray for them. It changes how we feel about them

    Hi Stefanie - been missing you.

    Hi Kelly - Yes, its eye opening to have to consider our response to someone else who has hurt us, when they hurt.

    Hi Lisa - I tend to learn things the hard way so I too have to tap into this one.

    Thanks ladies for all the comments
    God bless
    Tracy

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  6. Hi Tracy...I like your points on Vs 32. I try to learn from others bad experiences as well as their good ones.

    Have a great day!
    Chelle

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  7. Hi Tracey,
    if only we could learn to slow down so we take time to observe, absorb, consider & learn. I often think many of my 'disasters' could have been avoided by me slowing down. Lots of think about here,
    God Bless
    T

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  8. I love the book of Proverbs it is filled with so much that speaks to us and can help us if we take time out to read it and let it dig deep into our soul. I really liked what you said about the salvation...we all need it and sadly not everyone is saved and it's our job to tell people about Jesus and we start by telling our family members and friends.

    When I think about Salvation and what Jesus had to do I am reminded of the fore runner of John the Baptist. His message the whole time was salvation..repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand.. We too should have such a passion for the lost like John this way what ever we speak will always come with the message of The Kingdom of God is at hand...Repent today for salvation is here. AMEN

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  9. I pray with all my heart that my children can learn from the examples and the mistakes of others rather than needing to suffer the consequences of those same mistakes themselves. Thanks for sharing God's Word with us.

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  10. Hi Chelle and Tracey: To learn from others would be the best way - we just need to convince ourselves of that.

    Desiray, Christ went through so much more for my salvation than we have been put through by this person, so yes, his salvation would be worth it.

    Hi Pam, for my kids to, heres praying.

    Thanks Ladies, for all your comments. They mean so much to me.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  11. What a great post! Thank you. There are times when I learn from others and times when I am too stubborn to use their wisdom. I need to work on this.

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  12. Hi Tracy,
    Just wanted to let you know that you are the featured blog of the week on my blog www.2encourage.blogspot.com. My prayer is that God will send many readers to be blessed here at your little sanctuary on the web.
    Pam

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  13. We do need to learn from other's experience. Unfortunately by the time we get mature enough to learn that lesson, we have already made so many mistakes! Thanks for the comment on my blog. Yes, we pray more ane more as our kids get older! I also have a 17 year old and she has come out of her 'harder' stage.

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  14. Hi Alida and Shanda. I completely agree with you, I need to work on learning from others too and I tend to kick my toe on the same rock too often.

    Hi Pam. I am very honoured and very humbled. Thank you

    God bless
    Tracy

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  15. oh wow.... looks like we had the same thing on our mind this week with Proverbs 24. Lovely thoughts.

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